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Johny Fernandez joined WHNT News 19 in October of 2013 as a multimedia journalist/reporter. Johny is a New Jersey native. He was born and raised in Passaic County, New Jersey, but is no stranger to the South. He lived in Orlando, Florida during his teenage years. Johny's passion for news developed when he was a junior in high school. He had the opportunity to shadow a news reporter for a class project and from then on, he was hooked!

The son of Peruvian immigrants, Johny is a graduate of Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcasting. He is fluent in Spanish. While at Southeastern, he interned with Fios 1 News in New York City, Telemundo Tampa and WTVT FOX 13 in Tampa, Florida. After graduation, Johny was chosen as a top 20 finalist to compete for a spot as a Junior Reporter for Fox News Channel.

Johny is excited to start his reporting career here in north Alabama. He will be covering the Shoals area. If you see him around town don't hesitate to stop him and say hi. He's always excited to meet new people and is looking forward to exploring the Shoals and Huntsville. Feel free to send him an email – johny.fernandez@whnt.com and follow him on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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    Lawerence County Authorities Looking for Accused Robber

    TOWN CREEK, Ala. (WHNT) – Lawrence County authorities hope surveillance video can help catch a convenience store robber. Town creek police say the man you see in this video walked into the shell gas station on highway 20, last Wednesday.  The man was armed and demanded money from the clerk.   If you have any information about this man, you’re asked to contact authorities. We start off this week’s most wanted list with the Colbert County Sheriff’s Office. First up is […]

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    City leaders allocate money for bike racks in downtown Florence

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Florence is on its way to becoming a bike friendly community.  City leaders will allocate close to a thousand dollars to put bike racks all over downtown Florence. In two weeks, residents will start seeing new bike racks around downtown. The project will take over most of Court Street. But it will keep close to three dozen bikes secure and safe. Jim Darnell, owner of Shoals Bicycle Shop, says he hopes this new project will keep […]

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    Sheffield at the verge of a renaissance

    SHEFFIELD, Ala. (WHNT) –   The city of Sheffield may be on the verge of something big.   There could be more businesses heading to the Shoals city. During Monday evenings council meeting, a unanimous decision by council members allowed a resident to buy city property to construct apartments. The property was not in demand. Now, a new business is going up. It’s just one of the many new projects being brought into the city by residents. Mayor Ian Sanford tells WHNT […]

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    Tuscumbia police looking for bike owners

      TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) –    It`s something we never forget as a kid, having a bike disappear or stolen.  Within the last couple of months, Tuscumbia police have collected bikes and are now trying to get them back to their owners. Tuscumbia Police Chief Tony Logan says the station has received close to a dozen bikes they were either found by officers on patrol or by citizens on the street. “What we’ve done is we’ve gone through and match […]

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    Muscle Shoals authorities are looking for a man who is accused of attacking female

    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) – Muscle shoals investigators need your help finding a man who they say attacked a woman. Investigators say on the week of July 28, a man was driving and stopped a woman walking down Ford Street in muscle shoals. He asked her if she dropped something, and then investigators say the man possibly hit her with a gun. Authorities say he forced the woman into a vehicle, raped her and later dumped her at a near […]

  • Hillshire Brands employees move forward with job fair

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Hillshire Brands continues to find jobs for its current and former employees. In April, the company announced it will close at the end of the year. But before it closes, it wants to make sure its employees have plenty of new opportunities. Cars packed the Florence Lauderdale coliseum Tuesday afternoon. Thousands of employees came out to the second job fair for Hillshire employees. Joshua Bates has worked for Hillshire Brands for nine years. His desire is […]

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    Shoals area prepare for first critical care program

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) –   A first of its kind for northwest Alabama.  Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital and Shoals Ambulance are in the process of creating a critical care program. Part of this program is having medics, paramedics, respiratory therapists and nurses get their critical care certification. One of them is paramedic Lee Cornelius. “I’ve spent probably two thirds of my career here in this area and the patients are what we`re here for. That`s the reason we do it,” said […]

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    Lauderdale County Investigators Need Help Solving Homicide Case

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The mystery continues.  Lauderdale County investigators are still searching for the person who shot and killed 62-year-old Royce Varnell. Detectives are trying to narrow down their list of possible killers. Deputies found his body in his Anderson home in April. The chief investigator has a list of least a dozen people who spoke with Varnell in the days before his death. Investigators believe he may have been part of a meth ring. If you have […]


    Florence City Schools go paperless for student registration

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) –   Parents think it’s a hassle and students forget about it all together. Filling out registration forms and school documents every school year can get tedious. But Florence City Schools are making the process easier for families. It`s eliminating paper and going virtual. ‘When you look at the a mounds of paper given it can overwhelming any parent, me included, at the beginning of the school year, Our parents will not have to experience this year, because […]


    National Night Out helps build relationships between officers and Florence residents

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) –  “National Night Out” is taking place all over the nation. It’s considered the premiere crime prevention event. On Tuesday, Florence residents came out to take a stand against crime and celebrate law enforcement agencies. Among the crowd was Eric Watkins’ family.  Watkins was shot to death back in November of 2013. Almost eight months later, the case is still a mystery. “It’s on my mind every day and I know that he’s in a better place. […]


    Sheffield Junior and High schools undergo renovations

    SHEFFIELD, Ala. (WHNT) – Sheffield junior and high school students will see some changes at their schools. Over the summer, the school went through a transformation that residents claim was overdue. “I`m so excited man. Cause it needed it,” said alum and Sheffield resident Barbara Hampton. The 2.8 million dollar renovation includes a fresh coat of paint, new windows, a new roof, a new library, a new gym and a hallway to connect the school with a multipurpose building. Superintendent […]


    First raised bed community garden in Florence is enjoyed by all residents

    FLORENCE, Ala.(WHNT) – Gardening continues to gain popularity in the Tennessee Valley. In April, we told you a story about Florence’s first community raise bed garden. Organizers are now calling the garden a success. Steve Chenault has a bed at the community garden. He comes to his garden bed twice a week. Since April, he`s harvested sixty pounds of tomatoes. He admits this accomplishment came during a rough time. ‘With my disability the raised bed gives me the opportunity to […]


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